Environmental Protective Measures Plan

To achieve the goals set in the area of environment protection, KPO annually develops Environmental Protective Measures Plan (hereinafter as the EPMP).

In accordance with the RoQ Environmental Code regulations, KPO provides the Licensing authority with the EPMP for permit`s validity period to obtain an Environmental Emissions Permit. The Plan’s measures focus on ensuring the environmental safety, improving environmental protection methods and technologies, rational use of natural resources and maintaining compliance with the ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 international standards.

In 2020, KPO performed its operations according to the obtained Environmental Emissions Permits and approved EPMP’s as presented in table below.
In 2020, KOGCF secured four Permits per type of environmental emissions: emissions of contaminants into air, waste disposal, discharges of contaminants with domestic wastewater, as well as discharges of contaminants with process and produced water, which is injected in the KOGCF Subsurface Waste Water Disposal Polygons No.1 and 2. Accordingly, EPMP was developed and approved for each of the Permits obtained.

KPO Environmental Protective Measures Plans and Permits issued for 2020:

Environmental Protective Measures Plans approved for 2020

Valid Permits for 2020

Authority Agency that issued the permit


2020 KPO EPMP for the Karachaganak Field (KOGCF)

Environmental Emissions Permit for 2020 (effective period: 01.01.2020 – 31.12.2020):

  • Air emissions (№ KZ71VCZ00517578 dated 28.11.2019);
  • Injection (№ KZ49VCZ00540866 dated 30.12.2019)
  • Domestic wastewater
    (№ KZ47VCZ00522375 dated 06.12.2019);
  • Wastes (№ KZ55VCZ00517478 dated 28.11.2019)

Republican State Enterprise ‘Committee for Environmental Regulation and Control’ of the RoQ Ministry of Environmental Protection, Geology and Natural Resources


2016-2020 KPO EPMP for the KPC-Bolshoi Chagan-Atyrau condensate export pipeline (West Qazaqstan Oblast (WQO)

Environmental Emissions Permit

№ KZ68VDD00021755 dated 12.08.2015 (effective period: 01.01.2016 – 31.12.2020)

WQO Akimat, WQO Department of Natural Resources and Nature Use Control


2016-2020 KPO EPMP (Atyrau Oblast)

Environmental Emissions Permit

№ KZ87VDD00021510 dated 07.08.2015 (effective period: 01.01.2016 – 31.12.2020)

Atyrau Oblast Akimat, Atyrau Oblast Department of Natural Resources and Nature Use Control

In 2020, the total actual costs of the environmental measures implemented at the KOGCF amounted to KZT 11.06 bln, i.e. 74% funds spent and 101% of scope of work was completed versus planned.The 2020 target costs for KOGCF amounted to KZT 14.96 bln.Variance between the 2020 target and actual costs results from the incomplete implementation of the planned scope of work on individual measures, as well as deferral of some work to 2021 due to COVID restrictions.

With reference to item 2.3.1 of the Minutes of Meeting of the RoQ Presidential Commission for State of Emergency Management (№ 12 dated 15.04.2020), in August and November 2020, KPO issued letters to the RoQ Ministry of Environmental Protection, Geology and Natural Resources and to the RoQ Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development with respect to extending the implementation of the four measures planned for 2020 by the end of 2021:

  1. Relocation of Environmental Monitoring Stations № 5 and 15;
  2. Development of detailed design for the implementation of the automated monitoring system for real time remote data transmission specific to the company facility;
  3. Studies with respect to application of domestic waste water sludge;
  4. Energy performance audit.

Results of KPO's Environmental Protection measures implemented in 2020:


  • Use of a surface pump to transfer fluids with high gas volume fraction during the well test and clean-up resulted in reduction of air emissions by 3,769 tonnes versus the expected 385 tonnes;
  • Use of high pressure separators during the test and clean-up of 3 wells helped reduce air emissions of contaminants by 240 tonnes from the expected 6,747 tonnes;
  • Use of hydrocarbon-based fluid for the reservoir stimulation (Lamix or Deisel) helped reduce air emissions of contaminants by 447 tonnes from the expected 391 tonnes.


  • In 2020, 59.26 ha of land disturbed following well operations and construction activities, was reclaimed versus the planned 46.7 ha.


  • 772 tonnes of segregated combustible non-recyclable waste was sent for incineration in General Purpose Incinerator (GPI);
  • Useful components recovered from the total municipal waste delivered for segregation to be further transferred to specialist companies for recycling and/or reuse:
    • plastics - 23.84 tonnes,
    • ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metals - 8.87 tonnes,
    • waste paper - 101.3 tonnes,
    • waste glass (crushed glass) - 7.51 tonnes.
  • Volume of treated liquid waste amounted to 6.60 kt, waste water processing - 8.52 kt (in comparison with the 2020 EPMP - over 3.0 kt);
  • 2020 saw continuation of the transfer of accumulated waste from the Solid Waste and Spent Drilling Mud Site for treatment to the Eco Centre Rotary Kiln Incinerator (RKI) and Thermomechanical Cuttings Cleaner (TCC). During the year, 1,720 tonnes of wastes versus planned 3 kt were treated. The planned volume of wastes was not treated due to suspension of cuttings treatment on the RKI until completion of the TCC maintenance because of restrictions in the approved 2020 Waste Limits Project at 500 tonnes per year.
  • TCC recovered and sent for re-use 671.2 tonnes of Lamix base oil used for making oil-based drilling muds, versus the planned recovery of up to 500 tonnes.
  • Volume of reused treated wastewater for technical and production needs at the Karachaganak Field amounted to 18,313 m3. Volume of technical water consumed from the Konchubai gully made 384,453 m3. Reduced drilling programme led to the under-use of the treated wastewater for drilling needs. Most of the treated wastewater was used for dust suppression at construction sites.
    The treated waste water amounted to 4.8% of the technical water consumed from the Konchubai gully against the planned 10%.